On Oct. 22, 32 members of the Middlesex Quiz Bowl Team travelled to Hackensack, N.J. to compete in the annual Bergen Academies Junior Academic Challenge. Middlesex had six teams in the field of 24 and, once again, emerged as the champions and the runners up.

For the third straight year, the MMS A team, 8th graders Alex DelVecchio , Nick Liu , Iman Onbargi and Fin Kehrli , defeated the MMS B team, 7th graders Anna Burgess , Kiran Ebrahimi , James Leone , Evan O’Rourke and Adi Prashanth , in the finals. This year the finals were incredibly close as the winning team was decided on the last questions.

The Middlesex Middle School C Team, including 8th graders Will Cherico , Gonzalo Escaradillo , Rowan O’Sullivan and Max Samroengraja , won three of their matches.

The D Team finished 4 - 3, good enough for 10th place. The D Team includes 7th graders Rhea Bhat , Andy Lin , Brandon Liu , Noah Mobarik , Shruthi Palaniappan and Luke Smith .

The E Team won three of their matches and finished 12th. The E Team consists of 7th graders Peter McLean , Shishir Sangaru and Allen Shao and 8th graders Grant McIntyre and Danny Owainati .

The F Team, 6th graders Hannah Bang , Theo Bang , Elli Best , Sophie Xu , Nicky Yoo and Brianna Zhang , playing in their 1st competition, also won three of their matches and finished 15th.

Individually, Middlesex had several top 20 scorers: Anna Burgess was 4th, Alex DelVecchio was 5th, James Leone was 9th, Noah Mobarik was 12th, Iman Onbargi was 14th, Luke Smith was 15th, and Danny Owainati was 20th.

Double scholarships

Jordan Smith of Darien recently received both a Wood Leadership Fellowship and an Entrepreneurial Scholars Program scholarship to study at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Smith is a first-year student at Washington University.

Smith, one of four students to receive the Wood Fellowship and the only student to receive the Entrepreneurial scholarship this year, is a 2016 graduate of Greenwich Academy.

The Wood Leadership Fellowship is awarded to outstanding incoming first-year students seeking a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree. The scholarship program recognizes first-year applicants to the Olin School who demonstrate outstanding character, academic achievement and promise for a career in business. In addition, the Olin School looks for evidence of outstanding leadership and community service potential when selecting recipients.

The program offers full-tuition scholarships renewable for four years. Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $48,950.

Off to college

St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. has welcomed three Darien natives to the class of 2020. Sydney M. Baker attended Darien High School. Isabella G. Sapio attended King School. Ann S. Wilson attended Berkshire School.

Studying abroad

Three Darien natives are participating in an off-campus study abroad program for the Fall 2016 semester through St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Alec J. Durkin, a member of the class of 2017, graduated from Brunswick School. Durkin is participating in St. Lawrence University's fall off-campus program in the Czech Republic.

Courtney M. Lincoln, a member of the class of 2018, graduated from Darien High School. Lincoln is also studying abroad in the Czech Republic.

Michael N. Weaver, a member of the class of 2018, graduated from Pomfret School. Weaver is participating in the Kenya Semester Program.

Nearly two-thirds of St. Lawrence University students study off campus at some point during their undergraduate experience at either one its international or domestic study abroad program sites.

A college honor

Morgan Sawitsky of Darien was inducted into the Society for Human Resource Management chapter at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. during a campus ceremony on Oct. 15.

SHRM@QU is a nationally recognized, Superior Merit Award-winning professional student chapter that provides members with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in human resource management. The chapter operates through an affiliation with the Connecticut State Council and the national SHRM organization.

SHRM@QU promotes the exchange of work-related experience of established business professionals with the theoretical academic perspectives of student and faculty members. They function as an important vehicle for promoting the field of human resource management to students.

Get a ride to polls

To make Election Day voting for seniors more convenient, At Home In Darien will have two vehicles, a 4-door sedan and a handicap-accessible minivan, on the road between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for transportation to the polls. Volunteer drivers will also be available to provide transportation that day.

To arrange a ride to the polls on Nov. 8, seniors should call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 as soon as possible. At Home In Darien can also confirm your voting location.

Leaf pick up

The Town of Darien Department of Public Works will continue to pick up leaves:

Nov. 14, north of railroad tracks;

Nov. 16, south of railroad tracks;

Nov. 28, north of railroad tracks;

Nov. 30, south of railroad tracks.

Leaves will only be picked up if bagged and the bag must be clearly marked “100% Biodegradable” and made of paper. Loose leaves or leaves in plastic bags will not be collected. Please check your local hardware or big box store and supermarket for availability.

Bags must contain only leaves. Bags containing brush, grass clippings, garbage, or other material will not be collected.

Residents are not required to participate in the town leaf pickup. Residents are encouraged to compost leaves on their property.

Dates listed are start dates. Bagged leaves should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on the date listed. Once leaves have been collected, no return trips will be made until the next scheduled pick-up.

Leaves will be collected on public roads only. Residents of private roads should make their own arrangements for leaf collection.

Residents with proper permit may also dispose of leaves at the Town of Darien Transfer Station.

The above schedule is subject to minor variations due to the volume of leaves encountered, snow storms, or other unforeseen circumstance. No other information will be available regarding specific leaf pick-up times. Please be patient.

For information, call 656-7346 or visit www.darienct.gov.